Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Speaking of LATKES...


The point (or excuse) of filling the house with the smell of frying is the miracle of OIL. It was only enough for one day but lasted for eight when the Maccabees liberated the defiled temple and the eternal light at its center was re-lit with special sacred oil.

It’s about OIL. It’s a downright greasy-fatty-oily festival.

So while latkes are potatoes fried in oil, and Israelis gobble sweet dough fried in oil (sort of strawberry jam filled yeast donuts), lets focus on the oil here.

This means the classic latkes can be made with any vegetable, so long as you fry them in oil.

So I take the classic potato latkes recipe and...


·         1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes (3 to 4 potatoes)

·         1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

·         1 large egg

·         2 tablespoons matzo meal or unseasoned dry breadcrumbs

·         1 teaspoon kosher salt

·         1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

·         1 cup oil

·         Applesauce and sour cream, for serving


Instead of the potatoes, you can grate zucchini, carrots, parsnip, yams, or chopped asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, or the king of all oil gobblers, the thirsty eggplant.


{You’ll have to adjust the amount of binder, i.e. breadcrumbs, to the moisture of the vegetable you use, likely increasing it a bit}

Happy oleaginous eating to us!



Vijaya said...

Sacred oil indeed. I love latkes and your recipe looks wonderful. Thank you!

Evelyn said...

Looks and sounds delicious, Mirka. You're welcome to come to my house any time and cook us up a batch. My grandmother used to cook fried eggplant that was a lot like that. I didn't, in general, delight in eggplant, but I really enjoyed hers.

Janie Junebug said...

I learn so much from your posts.


We are: Clamco said...

So I guess using the air fryer is a no no? lol. I remember when my daughter was little, there was a Rug Rats episode about Hanukkah. Baby Chuckie was telling the story and one of the lines was, "A Macababy's gotta do what a Macababy's gotta do." It was cute. lol. Your latkes look amazing!

Jenni said...

Yum! This sounds really good with the zucchini!
I have a recipe for latkes with wild rice that we really enjoy.
Happy Hannukah!